Work at Stanmer Park began in June 2019 and is due for completion by August 2020. The £5.1m project is being funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Community Fund, Brighton & Hove City Council, Plumpton College and South Downs National Park Authority. Work is being carried out by Buxton Building Contractors Ltd.
As works progress, the team that will help to deliver the National Lottery Heritage Fund objectives is beginning to come together.
Brighton & Hove City Council has appointed the estate manager Rob Dumbrill and estate ranger Will Furze. The pair will be responsible for delivering the Stanmer activity plan with its volunteering opportunities, managing the estate and park areas, delivering the woodland management plan and setting the future direction of the park with the city’s councillors.
Estate manager Rob started as an apprentice gardener with Lewes District Council and has worked on horticultural and heritage projects for the last 28 years. Estate ranger Will has worked for Brighton & Hove City Council for more than 10 years, managing a wide variety of sites, from chalk downland to urban parks.
The Walled Garden, which is being leased to Plumpton College, was formerly Stanmer House’s kitchen garden and more recently used as the city council’s plant nursery. The project will see the area transformed into an attractive expertly designed garden with a new café, retail space and opportunities for horticultural teaching, learning and volunteering.
Peter Wood, senior gardener, and Lydia Samuel, learning outreach officer, have been appointed by Plumpton College. Peter will be responsible for managing the preparation of the garden to be reopened to the public later this summer.
Apprentices Hannah Maplesden and Kate Nannery will be a core part of the garden team with Peter, demonstrating the strong connection between education and career development within horticulture.
If you would like to get in touch with the team to find out more about the project and how you can be involved, visit either www.plumpton.ac.uk/StanmerPark or https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/leisure-and-libraries/parks-and-green-spaces/stanmer-park-restoration-project.